Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a new set of coins, designed to help the visually impaired easily identify them. They were released at an event at his home in New Delhi, where visually impaired children were also invited to the event.
The coins are of the value of Re 1, Rs 2, Rs. 5, Rs 10 and Rs 20. The size and weight of the coins rises from lower to higher denominations.
The Prime Minister said the "new circulation coins" with various differentiating features will help the visually impaired, as his government was sensitive to make every initiative "Divyang friendly".
An official release said that several new features had been added to the new series of coins to make them useful to the blind. The new coin of Rs 20 is a 12-sided dodecagon, whereas the remaining coins are round. Differing from the circular 10-rupee coin, which is also 27 mm in diameter and has 100 serrations on its edge, the 20-rupee coin will not have any marks on its rim.
However, similar to the 10-rupee coin, it will have two-tones. Although the outer ring will be 65% copper, 15% zinc and 20% nickel, the inner ring of the Rs 20 coin will be 75% copper, 20% zinc and 5% nickel.